Last week, I visited a man in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, for a story on blacksmithing.

What intrigued me most about the interview was something he said about people. He said he likes what he does because of the people he meets.

And I thought to myself, I can relate!

Ken Roby is a blacksmith in Cleveland who designs projects for all types of customers, but what he enjoys most, as he puts it, are the characters. He said that everyone is a character with his own story and own idea of how things should happen in the world. What he enjoys is getting to know the character and finding out how everyone in the world is intertwined somehow.

Roby said his occupation is his lifestyle, and many of the people he has met through his work have joined his circle of friends and are people he would like to hang out with. (Hmm.. This sounds like farmers, doesn’t it?)

In fact, he related his occupation to farming. He said he doesn’t work and worry 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but his social network has become the people he has met through work. (Sounds familiar!)

I enjoyed hearing about how he thinks of everyone as a character in a book and how his life relates to them. Roby said that the work he does is only a small part of life. It’s the people in it and once you get designing a piece for them, you know them. You know how their mind thinks and what they like and don’t like.

I know I walked away from the story realizing I am only a character in this book of life and my job is telling the story. A lot of what Roby said made sense and can related to life. I enjoyed my time with him and getting to know him and his philosophy on life.

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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